Alesi full of praise for ‘fantastic’ Petrov
13 April, 2011
Apr.13 (PVM) Former Ferrari F1 driver Jean Alesi has praised Vitaly Petrov in the wake of the Russian’s aerobatics during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Alesi, currently F1 ambassador for Group Lotus, reflected, “Vitaly [Petrov] made a small error, he went offline and picked up a lot tyre rubber debris which then caused him to further deviate from the racing line and resulted in his incident.”
The Frenchman, who competed in 201 Grands Prix, added, “It was very hard for him and he was very frustrated but it can happen to anyone, I think next year you won’t see anything like as much debris on the track in Malaysia. The most important thing is that he is fine, he was checked afterwards and I’m told that he got the all clear.”
Nevertheless Alesi shares Renault’s faith in Petrov, “On a positive note, Vitaly’s performance during qualifying and the start and mid section of the Grand Prix was fantastic, I think there’s a lot more to come from him.
Looking ahead to China, Alesi said, “If you have a great result like Nick [Heidfeld who finished third in Malaysia] then it’s nice to have the time off to celebrate, rest and recover but if like Vitaly, you have a frustrating race, then you can’t wait to get back out there and show what you can do!”
Petrov who is Russia’s first Formula 1 driver, finished on the podium at the 2011 Formula 1 season opening race in Melbourne.